Theories of Delinquency

Theories of Delinquency : An Examination of Explanations of Delinquent Behavior

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Theories of Delinquency is a comprehensive survey of the theoretical approaches towards understanding delinquent behavior. Donald Shoemaker aptly presents all major individualistic and sociological theories in a standard format with basic assumptions, important concepts, and critical evaluations. Theories covered include biological and psychological explanations, anomie and social disorganization, differential association, drift theory, labeling theory, critical theories, and explanations of female delinquency. Now in its sixth edition, Theories of Delinquency contains up-to-date discussions based on current research throughout, extensive revisions to control theories, especially the general theory of crime, and expanded coverage of integrated and cutting-edge theories. Clearly written, consistently organized, and now thoroughly updated, Theories of Delinquency remains essential reading for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of crime and delinquency.show more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 6th Revised edition
  • 0195374177
  • 9780195374179
  • 449,602

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I really enjoy this book, it matches my class objectives perfectly. Once students have a good understanding of the theory, I can help them make the applications. Thanks for this valuable book. * Steve Stokes, Brigham Young University *show more

About Donald J. Shoemaker

Donald J. Shoemaker is Professor of Sociology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.show more

Table of contents

PREFACE; THE PROBLEM OF DELINQUENCY; THE ISSUE OF CAUSALITY; WHAT IS A THEORY?; VERIFICATION OF THEORIES; THE PLAN OF THIS BOOK; HISTORICAL OVERVIEW; RATIONAL CHOICE THEORY; SUMMARY; HISTORICAL OVERVIEW; GENERIC ASSUMPTIONS; SOMATOTYPES AND DELINQUENCY; INHERITANCE AND DELINQUENCY; EMERGING TRENDS IN BIOLOGICAL EXPLANATIONS OF DELINQUENCY; SUMMARY; HISTORICAL OVERVIEW; GENERIC ASSUMPTIONS; INTELLIGENCE AND DELINQUENCY; THE PSYCHIATRIC-PSYCHOANALYTIC APPROACH; GENERAL PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS; SUMMARY; HISTORICAL OVERVIEW; GENERIC ASSUMPTIONS; SOCIAL DISORGANIZATION; ANOMIE AND DELINQUENCY: DISCONTINUITIES IN SOCIETY; SUMMARY; HISTORICAL OVERVIEW AND GENERIC ASSUMPTIONS; COHEN AND THE MIDDLE-CLASS MEASURING ROD; CLOWARD AND OHLIN'S THEORY OF DIFFERENTIAL OPPORTUNITY STRUCTURE; MILLER'S THEORY OF LOWER-CLASS CULTURE AND DELINQUENCY; SUMMARY; HISTORICAL OVERVIEW; GENERIC ASSUMPTIONS; DIFFERENTIAL ASSOCIATION; DRIFT AND DELINQUENCY; SUMMARY; HISTORICAL OVERVIEW; GENERIC ASSUMPTIONS; PERSONAL CONTROLS; SOCIAL CONTROLS-THE SOCIAL BOND; A GENERAL THEORY OF CRIME; SUMMARY; HISTORICAL OVERVIEW; GENERIC ASSUMPTIONS; SUMMARY; HISTORICAL OVERVIEW; BEYOND "RADICAL" THEORY; SUMMARY; HISTORICAL OVERVIEW; BASIC BIOLOGICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACHES; GENDER ROLES AND DELINQUENCY; WOMEN'S EMANCIPATION; EVALUATION; POWER-CONTROL THEORY; FEMINIST EXPLANATIONS OF FEMALE DELINQUENCY; SUMMARY; INTEGRATED THEORIES: SOME CONSIDERATIONS AND A PROPOSED MODEL; AUTHOR INDEX; SUBJECT INDEXshow more

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